Off-Grid Home: How to Live Off-Grid in a Dome

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Driven by consumer demand for economical housing, the trend towards prefab modular construction, offers an affordable solution to skyrocketing building costs and house payments.  When it comes to alt-housing, an ecoliving off-grid dome home kit simplifies building decisions and saves you a bundle in materials and construction.

Whether you’re looking for a temporary dome home shelter or a more permanent ecoliving solution, you’ll want to start your journey by exploring why domes make good sense for off-grid living. Let’s explore the benefits and some innovative ‘How to’ ideas to spark your imagination and fuel your conversation around advantages of prefab dome home construction.

Why Prefab Geodesic Dome Homes?

Offering a unique alt-housing lifestyle, domes have been built off-grid around the world in diverse terrains and climates. A freestanding dome withstands the extreme forces of nature; such as, hurricanes and earthquakes. 

Geodesic-engineered dome home kits are manufactured using a complex series of triangles that lend architectural strength to their design. It makes sense to use an energy efficient design that’s stronger, lighter and quicker to construct than traditional building methods.

Dome home with bay window
A bay window heats the dome by 50 degrees F with passive solar heat in winter. Prehung drapes keep the dome cool in summer

Ecoliving domes are naturally more energy efficient when compared to standard housing, due to unobstructed interior and exterior air flow.  Designed for optimal ventilation, domes make best use of the sun to keep your shelter warm in the winter and cool in the summer by maximizing prevailing breezes.  

As nature’s perfect structure, ecoliving domes are the most efficient human shelter known to man. The geodesic dome shelter is the design genius of R. Buckminster Fuller, whose lifetime pursuit was to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

Buckminster Fuller understood the principles of sacred geometry that lends the inter-connected triangles of the geodesic dome its unsurpassed strength. The American Institute of Architects has called the geodesic dome, “the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space known to man”.

Platonic Solids

Geodesic refers to the shortest possible line between two points of a sphere or curvilinear surface.  There are 5 possible Platonic solid configurations comprised of chords (straight lines) that connect these points to form a sphere. Pacific Domes offers free downloadable overhead projectors for various dome sizes, empowering you to  design your dome.

Design your off-grid dome home

Saving on materials, labor and overall construction costs, dome home kits utilize Bucky Fuller’s ‘doing more with less’ principle; in that, they enclose the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area.  When a dome’s diameter is doubled, it quadruples its square footage, producing eight times its volume – a significant savings when estimating construction costs.  

When it comes to designing and outfitting your dome, you’ll want to consider several custom options and interior designs to suit your lifestyle and pocket book. We invite you to visit Pacific Domes and explore our free educational resources, such as: Flip books and Downloads, Blogs and Newsletters.

Dome home with pre-hung doors
Double pre-hung doors create another source of light and ventilation


An interior liner helps insulate the dome against heat and cold. Another custom option is a Reflectix® insulated dome liner, which blocks up to 90% of EMF. Additionally, an EMF protection dome provides you with reduced heat transfer across the dome’s open space – a primary function of reflective barriers.

Dome home with insulated liner
The insulated liner is custom made to fit each dome and adds an R value of 7

Decking & Flooring 

You’ll want to put some thought into your choice of flooring and while you’re at it, take advantage of Pacific Domes free  deck plans. Installing Radiant floor heating will keep you comfortable during cold winter weather.

Radiant Flooring being installed
Radiant Flooring being installed.

Living Off-Grid in a Dome (3:44 minutes)

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